Materials Selection & Design

Texas Awards Grant to Evaluate Aging Highway Bridges

The Texas Department of Transportation issued a three-year grant to evaluate deteriorating and aging highway bridges. The approach includes non-destructive evaluation, on-site load testing, and computer simulations to help engineers determine the current bridge conditions.

Researchers See Bright Future for Refinery Corrosion Prevention

High pressure and high temperatures mean a high risk of corrosion in refineries worldwide, but two research scientists in Saudi Arabia say the future of refinery corrosion prevention looks leaner and greener thanks to technologies such as superhydrophobic coatings and nanomaterials.

Reasons to Attend the AMPP Annual Conference + Expo 2024

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) already has a full slate of peer-reviewed symposia, workshops, networking events, technical meetings, and much more scheduled for its March 2024 gathering in the Crescent City.

Strategies to Protect Winter Fleet Vehicles from Corrosion

Dave Scaturro, commercial painting specialist at Alpine Painting and Sandblasting, explains how vehicle owners can use preventive maintenance to help protect their assets from many corrosion and repair expenses that are associated with freezing temperatures.

NETL Develops Self-Healing Cold Spray Coating for Pipelines

Researchers at the U.S. National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have developed a self-healing cold spray coating, which they believe can provide corrosion protection against the interior of natural gas, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines.

New Marine Study Breaks Materials Down, Literally

Today, a budding fleet of renewable marine energy technologies are leaving labs to go through their first river and ocean tests. But as they take these big steps toward commercial use, many are encountering an unpredictable and inhospitable environment: salt water.

How Sustainability Will Play a Key Role in AMPP’s Future

In a panel discussion, veteran AMPP members Cal Chapman (Chapman Engineering) and Sandy Williamson (Williamson Integrity Services) joined Materials Performance (MP) Magazine Editor Kerry Cole to explain what sustainability means to them and why it is critically important to our industry.

Corrosion Prevention in the Cruise Ship Industry

While the battle against corrosion in maritime settings is largely similar, cruise ships do pose some extra challenges. Outfittings such as swimming pools and even lifeboats need to be treated, as even the aesthetics of rust and wear will have an impact on the impression the boat’s condition makes on passengers.

NIST Updates Investigation of Champlain Towers Collapse

In a recent National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee meeting, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigators shared details of their investigation into the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, USA.

Why Welding Quality Matters to AMPP Members and Beyond

Jason Becker, a highly experienced welder/fabricator with 25 years of hands-on experience in the welding industry, shares his perspective on why welding quality is of paramount importance to AMPP members and other key stakeholders.

U.S. Bridge Corrosion Prevention Bill a Positive Step for AMPP

Both houses of Congress call their newly introduced bills the Bridge Corrosion Prevention and Repair Act of 2023. The legislation would require corrosion planning while using qualified and trained professionals on all U.S. bridge construction, repair, and maintenance projects.

Examining Galvanic and Deposition Corrosion

Corrosion engineers are familiar with the galvanic series, which lists noble and active metals, and with galvanic corrosion. This article looks at corrosion damage to aluminum caused by direct metal-to-metal contact with copper and by contact with copper-containing solutions.

How Stress Corrosion Cracking Led to Arizona Pipeline Blast

U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators believe a deadly natural-gas pipeline explosion in rural Arizona resulted from gaps in protective tape wrapping. This led to water leakage and corrosion and cracks along a seam weld.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Design Advanced Materials

Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Society are introducing a new machine learning model, which they believe will enhance the predictive accuracy of corrosion-resistant alloy designs.

Air Force Trials New Corrosion Control Plan at Guam Base

At the U.S. Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the equipment maintenance team is employing a new method of limiting corrosion and extending service life on trailers by switching from stainless steel to copper-nickel alloy brake lines.